Mulberry FingerPlays App (Review and iTunes Gift Card Giveaway)

by Stacey Nerdin

My 4yo son turns 5 just one week after school starts this year – meaning, he has a full year left at home with me before Kingergarten. He’s an extremely curious child, and without the structure of school, I find myself constantly on the look-out for new ways to entertain and challenge him.

The Mulberry FingerPlays app (free, iPhone and iPad) has been a welcome discovery for both of us.

mulberry fingerplays

Mulberry FingerPlays includes 5 popular children’s songs with accompanying hand motions – Eensy Weensy Spider, Five Little Monkeys, Here Is the Church, Skinnamarink, and Where Is Thumbkin. The app includes lyrics for each song, instructional videos teaching parents how to lead the finger plays, and demonstration videos featuring Kathy Reid Naiman, popular children’s entertainer, leading each song with a group of children.

Mulberry FingerPlays Instruction and Demos

Paulette Bourgeois, author of the beloved Franklin the Turtle books for children, explains in the introduction to Mulberry FingerPlays just how much these songs and motions can benefit a child. Finger plays can:

  • give you a fun opportunity to connect with your child
  • offer opportunities for physical play and development of fine motor skills
  • help your child learn vocabulary and rhymes
  • teach your child math concepts like patterns, more/less, big/little

We’re in the midst of a cross-country move, and keeping my son happily occupied while living in hotels has been difficult. But as soon as I opened the Mulberry FingerPlays app, my son ran right over to me and wanted to know what I was doing. The songs and hand motions had him smiling and giggling right away, and he jumped in bed next to me to play along.

Eli and I playing Mulberry FingerPlays app

I’m surprised and delighted by how something that seems so simple – a little singing and some hand motions – can create such a special moment for my son and I. This is an app I highly recommend for parents of children from newborn to Kindergarten.

The free app comes with 5 finger plays included, but 20 more songs can be easily “unlocked” with an in-app purchase. Now through the end of August, the expansion pack is on sale for $2.99 (originally $4.99) for both the iPad and iPhone. Also in August – for iPhone only – if you share the app with 2 friends, the expansion pack is free.

Win a Fabulous Children’s CD and $25 iTunes e-Gift Card

One (1) winner at 5 Minutes for Mom will receive a download of Tickles and Tunes – a CD of children’s songs by Kathy Reid Naiman (who is featured in the Mulberry FingerPlays app) – and a $25 iTunes e-Gift Card. Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

This is just one of our giveaways running every day in August for our Back To School Giveaway 2012. Please see the main Back To School Giveaway 2012 page for a full list of daily giveaways.

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Stacey has blogged personally at her site, Tree, Root, and Twig, since 2005. When she's not online or busy with her husband and five kids, she's probably learning a new hobby, reading a book, taking a nap, or catching up on her DVR. You can find her on Google+ or Twitter at @StaceyNerdin.

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1 Denise M August 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

we love Itsy Bitsy Spider and Pat-a-Cake

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2 Jenny August 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

Where is Thumbkin?

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3 Lizzy August 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

Itsy Bitsy Spider!

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4 Emily N August 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Pat a cake is my favorite.

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5 June August 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

The shoofly song.

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6 MommyPage August 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

This is a great giveaway for back-to-school, especially the iTunes gift card!

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7 brandy August 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm

My daughter loves Itsy Bitsy Spider.

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8 Jennifer August 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Patty cake, patty cake

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9 Seth August 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Itsy bitsy spider… although I’m not a big fan of spiders :P

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10 Shirley August 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Where Is Thumbkin

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11 Jessica Beard August 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider is our favorite right now.

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12 Margaret Smith August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

This little piggie

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13 Mary Happymommy August 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm

We like Where is Thumbkin.

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14 Jimmy August 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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15 Anne Lehnick August 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm

For silly times, we like Little Bunny Foo Foo, but Itsy Bitsy Spider has been a toddler favorite.

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16 Jessie C. August 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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17 Ellen C. August 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm

My daughter is an itsy bitsy fan. Thanks for the chance.

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18 amy v August 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

itzy bitzy spider

annae07@aol.com

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19 Stacey B August 7, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Itsy Bitsy spider is a cute one, my littlest one also enjoys Patty Cake

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20 JD Northwest August 8, 2012 at 1:47 am

The Itsy Bitsy spider.

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21 Kimberly Bauer August 8, 2012 at 7:13 am

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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22 Mary Casper August 8, 2012 at 7:58 am

this little piggy

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23 Kathy Stevenson August 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

We like Where Is Thumbkin.

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24 Jennifer Rote August 8, 2012 at 9:46 am

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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25 april yedinak August 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

Where is Thumbkin is my kid’s fav

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26 Renski August 8, 2012 at 10:36 am

Itsy bitsy spider is our favorite – thanks

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27 Sonia August 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

Itsy Bitsy is a classic for a reason! :)

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28 Chuck August 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

The padacake nursery ryme.

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29 April Brenay August 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm

little bunny fo fo

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30 Lisa Davis August 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

We do Open Shut Them at my girls preschool, it really grabs their attention and helps them settle down.

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31 Amy Z August 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Though I’m deathly afraid of them, Itsy Bitsy Spider!!

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32 Monique Rizzo August 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Itsy bitsy spider.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

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33 Ann Fantom August 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider is the only one I know!

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34 Tabathia B August 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

The only one I know and do is the Itsy Bitsy Spider

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35 Katie O August 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider!

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36 Angel S, August 9, 2012 at 2:05 am

Where is Thumbkin

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37 Susan P. August 9, 2012 at 2:16 am

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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38 Virginia Rowell August 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

Difinitely Itsy Bitsy Spider

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39 Idaho Jill August 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider for sure

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40 Kelly August 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

5 Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree

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41 Elisabethrak August 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Twinkle Twinkle little star

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42 katherine d. August 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Patty cake :) Mostly because it makes me hungry for cake, haha.

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43 Elisabeth August 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Patty Cake rocks!

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44 mrsshukra August 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider is a favorite!

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45 Sarah W August 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm

The Itsy Bitsy Spider.. my daughter loves it!

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46 Gayle August 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

It has to be itsy bitsy spider

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47 Cheryl Free August 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

Eensy Weensy Spider :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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48 nannypanpan August 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

little rabbit foo foo
nannypanpan@gmail.com

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49 ellen August 11, 2012 at 11:55 pm

The classic ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider” is as good now as it was 40 years ago!

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50 Angela A August 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

Patty cake is always so fun with my little one.

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51 Adrienne Gordon August 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

Itsy bitsy spider

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52 Costana Hornbaker August 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Itsy bitsy spider

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53 Michelle H. August 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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54 shelly August 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm

No More Monkeys Jumpin on the Bed

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55 Wehaf August 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I like the Itsy Bitsy spider.

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56 Jessica T August 13, 2012 at 12:10 am

Patty Cake! Put it in the oven for baby and me!

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57 Don August 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

We like all the old nursery rymes.

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58 kjasus August 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

pat a cake is our favorite

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59 Danielle August 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Hands down itsy bitsy spider:)

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60 Jim August 15, 2012 at 1:24 am

2 blackbirds sitting in a tree

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61 Lori D. August 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

Patty cake has always been my fave.

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62 Erica Best August 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Pat a cake

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63 Shannon August 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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64 Kelly August 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Sweet! Just what my nieces need!

Kelly

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65 Daniel M August 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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66 Kari August 16, 2012 at 7:48 am

My kids are teens now but they all loved Itsy Bitsy Spider when they were little…brings back memories thinking about it!

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67 Jennifer Marie August 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

pat a cake is our favorite~

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68 Kristy Thiel August 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Eensy weensy spider!

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69 Jamie Brigham August 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Where is pointer, here I am, Here I am, How are you today sir? Very well I thank you, run away, run away. I don’t know the name LOL

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70 Vinod Kumar August 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

The Itsy Bitsy spider.

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71 Jenn W August 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I have always loved the itsy bitsy spider!! :)

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72 nicole August 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm

gotta be itzy bitsy spider

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73 kimbuckjr August 16, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I like “Here Is The Church.”
kimbuckjr

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74 Cindy B August 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

Itsy Bitsy Spider!

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75 stacy August 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

I Had A Little Turtlel

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76 destiny August 17, 2012 at 1:27 am

bumble bee bumblebee come from the barn

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77 Eileen August 17, 2012 at 5:34 am

Hand’s Down (no pun intended) it is Five Little Monkeys!
Thanks so much, my daughter would love this for her lil 10 month old and the 3 kids she does day care for!

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78 chana August 17, 2012 at 7:50 am

where is thumbkin

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79 paige August 17, 2012 at 8:52 am

Lil Bunny Foo Foo and no more monkeys jumpin on the bed.

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80 paige August 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

aka mrs. bacon

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81 marci h August 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

Itsy bitsy spider :)

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82 Jaime B August 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

Little Bunny Foo Foo is our favorite.

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83 Jester Queen August 17, 2012 at 11:28 am

My son discovered “where is thumbkin” at age two, and he’s still kind of obsessed with it.

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84 laura broach August 17, 2012 at 11:54 am

Even my oldest at age 20 will still do little bunny foo foo. It’s a family fave!

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85 Sarita Edgerton August 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

Monkeys Jumping on the bed!

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86 Caitlin McClure August 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider.

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87 sandra August 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

where is thumbkin?

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88 Gemma August 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Incy Wincy Spider

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89 Teresha August 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

itsy bitsy spider rules!

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90 LT August 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

We like Where is Thumbkin!

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91 soha molina August 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm

finger painting is a lot of fun and anyone can do it,

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92 Kimberly B. August 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

The eensy weensy spider.

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93 Kyl Neusch August 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Itsy bitsy spider

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94 Forgetfulone August 19, 2012 at 1:52 am

My grandbabies would love the music!

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95 Meredith August 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Hands down, Five Little Monkeys in our house!

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96 Jessica August 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

My youngest LOVES “Where is Thumbkin?”

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97 Angela E. August 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm

How much is that doggie in the window song.

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98 Katy M August 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Remember “This is the church, this is the steeple, open the church and there’re all the people!”

Love it!

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99 Staci A August 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

We like 5 Little Monkeys.

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100 Karen Gonyea August 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider ;)

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101 Brooke R. August 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Itsy Bitsy spider is my kiddos fave

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102 Valerie Taylor Mabrey August 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

two black bird sitting on the fence
vmkids3 at msn dot com

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103 jennifer wexler August 22, 2012 at 3:24 am

itsy bitsy spider is a good one

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104 Karry August 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Itsy Bitsy spider, i dont know any other plays

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105 Heather S August 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

itsy bitsy spider

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106 colleen boudreau August 24, 2012 at 2:18 am

Itsy Bitsy Spider. :)

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107 Tanya August 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

I love listening to music on my Kindle Fire. This would be great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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108 Leah Baird August 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

Pattycake is their favorite.

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109 Robert Pyszk August 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

no more monkeys jumpin on the bed

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110 LB August 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

head shoulders knees and toes is my son’s favorite!

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111 Chelsea August 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

5 little monkeys sitting in a tree…

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112 Shaun August 26, 2012 at 12:59 am

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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113 susitravl August 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider – my great nephew loves it too!

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114 Angie D August 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider is my favorite, my kids love Pat-a-Cake the best!

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115 Aubrey August 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

We are big Itsy Bitsy fans here!

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116 andrea August 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

The itsy bitsy spider and the church with all its people inside

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117 Jannie Bryant August 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

The Itsy Bitty Spider

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118 Janna Johnson August 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm

itsy bitsy spider
Thanks for the contest! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on GFC

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119 Wendy M August 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider would be my favorite.

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120 Shannon F. August 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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121 Kim H August 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider!

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122 Claire McKeon August 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider is a family favorite!

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123 Wendy August 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Little Bunny Foo-Foo!!!

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124 Susie August 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

My kids love This Little Piggy, but they like it on their toes.

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125 Jenna Parsons August 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Little Bunny Foo Foo!

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126 Christine Sarkauskas August 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm

This little piggy!

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127 Lisa August 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm

I like Patty Cake

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128 kelley wood August 29, 2012 at 11:34 am

“creepy”

I went to creepy’s house and creepy wasnt there so i sat in creepys chair …and waited til creepy got there! (sing while you’re “creeping” up from their toes to their nose!)

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129 Geoff K August 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Where Is Thumbkin has always been a favorite since my mom would sing it to me and my sister all the time when we were kids.

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130 carma August 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

the only one I know – Itsy Bitsy Spider

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131 natalie August 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

Here is the beehive, but where are the bees? Hiding away where no body sees….

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132 Emilee August 30, 2012 at 12:35 am

Little Bunny Foofoo

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133 Chacoy August 30, 2012 at 1:30 am

My sons favorite has always been where is thumbkin

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134 Paula Michele Hafner August 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people. Which one’s you?

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135 Cori Westphal August 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

My daughter loves itsy bitsy spider, but also that one goes “here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open it up and see all the people”!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

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136 Derek Timm August 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

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137 Denise Donaldson August 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

itsy bitsy spider

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138 Jammie August 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

the itzy bitzy spider was always ours!

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139 One Frugal Girl August 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Definitely itsy bitsy spider.

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140 benita August 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I’m a little teapot.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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141 Richard Hicks August 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm

they love Itsy bitsy spider.

brich22 at earthlink dot net

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142 amy deeter August 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

pat a cake

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143 Amber Porter August 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider!

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144 Ed Nemmers August 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

“The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

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145 melina r August 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

itsy bitsy spider

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146 Theresa H August 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm

skinnamarink!!! is my absolute favorite!!

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147 Aimee Fontenot August 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I only know Where is Thumbkin…

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148 Sarah Y August 31, 2012 at 1:20 am

5 Little Monkeys is my favorite

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149 Tanya White August 31, 2012 at 1:22 am

itsy- bitsy spider is our favorite finger play.

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150 Ashley T. August 31, 2012 at 2:17 am

Itsy bitsy spider

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151 Carolyn Daley August 31, 2012 at 2:17 am

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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152 brenda Elsner August 31, 2012 at 5:57 am

Three little piggies.

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153 Crystal F August 31, 2012 at 7:21 am

I will have to say Itsy Bitsy Spider. thank you!

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154 Angela Neynaber August 31, 2012 at 8:46 am

This Little Piggy!

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155 Sherry Conrad August 31, 2012 at 8:51 am

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

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156 The Gang's Momma August 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

When Li’l Empress was little-er, she loved Itsy Bitsy Spider. When she was learning how to talk and connect with us, WE loved our family’s “I Love You” game – using baby sign and some eye-to-eye connecting for added bonding :)

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157 Morgan Lepley Edger August 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

As a Pre-K teacher, I really love Open/Shut Them! Works wonders!

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158 Kendra August 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

Itsy bitsy spider

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159 Peggy Rydzewski August 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

We play tickle spider…

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160 Jennifer Peaslee August 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

itsy bitsy spider is my fav, although I HATE spiders

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161 Jennifer M. August 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm

The itsy bitsy spider

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162 Erica C. August 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm

We like Patty Cake.

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163 Re Morgan August 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

itsy bitsy spider

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164 Pam August 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider is one of our favorites.

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165 Sheree Algie August 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Definitely Itsy Bitsy Spider!!

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166 Breanne August 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

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167 Trisha McKee August 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Itsy bitsy spider always captivated my daughter’s attention and she could do the motions before she could talk.

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168 Teresa Thompson August 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Patty Cake and thumb wars. lol

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169 Michelle H. August 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I like “This Is The Church”.

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170 Resham August 31, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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171 Sarah L August 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider
Thanks for the contest.

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172 Gianna August 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

My twins like little piggies.

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173 meme August 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm

itsy bitsy spider

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174 Angela W August 31, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Itsy Bitsy Spider!

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175 ashley August 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm

itsy bitsy spider – such a classic

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